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U.S. Provides Less Development Assistance For Health Than Peer European Nations When Viewed By Population, Government Spending, Income, Study Shows

Reuters Health: U.S. less generous than European nations with development assistance
“The U.S. contributes more than any other nation in development assistance for health to low- and middle-income countries, but its generosity falls short when compared in terms of size and wealth, a new study found. Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, and the U.K. each provided substantially more assistance for health relative to the size of their populations, their public spending, and their economies, the Health Affairs study shows. … ‘The study shows that the U.S. has been quite generous in its support of global health, which has saved millions of lives,’ said Jen Kates, vice president and director of global health and HIV policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, DC. ‘But it also may help to show that, despite concerns about the U.S. spending “too much,” it really depends on how that is measured,’ Kates, who was not involved with the study, said in an email…” (Cohen, 12/14).

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